Reality and Quantum Physics – We are all connected

The first Quantum post went over the concept of reality and the strange way that observation can create reality.

You think that’s strange? As they say, you hadn’t seen nothing yet!

Suppose twins were born and then separated at birth. They’re divided in distance completely across the Atlantic ocean.

One of them cuts their finger and the other instantly feels pain. Seem impossible?

Suppose the concept that every single atom is connected in some way, where space and distance is not relevant. Is that possible?

Quantum Entanglement. It is a link that Einstein went to his grave denying, but yet it has been PROVEN to be true.

Quantum entanglement was part of the famed Copenhagen Interpretation presented by Niels Bohr in which particles can become entangled so that the spin or characteristics of one particle becomes entangled with another particle.

Entangled “particles” are emitted in a single event. Conservation laws ensure that the measured spin of one particle must be the opposite of the measured spin of the other, so that if the spin of one particle is measured, the spin of the other particle is now instantaneously known.

The most discomforting aspect of this paradox is that the effect is instantaneous so that something that happens in one galaxy could cause an instantaneous change in another galaxy.

But, according to Einstein’s theory of special relativity, no information-bearing signal or entity can travel at or faster than the speed of light, which is finite. Thus, it seems as if the Copenhagen interpretation is inconsistent with special relativity.

In 1935, responding to Niels Bohr’s advocacy that quantum mechanics as a theory was complete, Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen formulated the famed EPR paradox.

The quantum mechanical thought experiment concluded that either nonlocal interaction exists or the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics is incomplete.

Albert Einstein famously derided entanglement as “spukhafte Fernwirkung” or “spooky action at a distance”.

Some 40 years later, the physicist John Bell predicted that many hidden-variables theories would be ruled out if a certain experimental inequality were violated – known as “Bell’s inequality”.

Without going into the specifics of the experiment, the more inequalities that occur, the more likelihood that the “spooky action at a distance” is proven correct. Since the Bell’s inequality proposal, several experiments have been performed.

Each of the experiments have indicated the entanglement paradox is true.

As time goes by, with improvements in experiments and technology, it becomes clear that the entanglement paradox actually occurs.

In fact, using the entanglement paradox, a concept of an “impossible to tap” communication link has been experimentally in use for about 6 years.

So particles are “entangled” from a single physical event, making them connected in a mysterious way.

Been proven and re-proven by the use of “Bell’s inequalities”.  It’s true, so what does that mean?

The Big Bang creation of the existing universe was one physical event.

This means that all particles are connected and  the very definition of  space and distance may not be correct at all!


Here is an animation explaining entanglement and what it may mean.

** Again I must give credit to this “Dr. Quantum” for creating these animations. Excellent in explaining the difficult to grasp to the layperson. Thank you.

*** From information given from our resident Quantum Goddess here at MMA, the excellent MOVIE and animation of Dr. Quantum can be found at WhatTheBleep

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24 Responses to Reality and Quantum Physics – We are all connected

  1. Teeluck

    September 14, 2010 at 8:07 am

    We are all connected…ommmmmm…Buddha bless you…ommmmm

    • Krell

      September 14, 2010 at 9:27 am

      Shinto presents some interesting ideas about this as well as well as the teachings of the Kabbalah. Not Quantum Physics but how connected things seem.

      There are a lot of things that I like about Buddhism.

  2. Teeluck

    September 14, 2010 at 8:17 am

    The Big Bang Theory is close but isn’t all there yet, in my opinion, and as a result there are subtle questions that still have to be answered…are there parallel universes and dimensions…does space/time actually bend to afford a wormhole and time travel…did we really have the mental ability to teleport ourselves, read minds and levitate… are men really from Mars, did our seed organism come from there or outer space?

    • Krell

      September 14, 2010 at 9:23 am

      Absolutely right about the Bang. The theories of Multiverses and 11 Dimensions seem so strange and out there that it just my be true.

      Maybe not in my lifetime but I feel that in my childrens, those answers may be found.

  3. Holte Ender

    September 14, 2010 at 9:14 am

    It’s no surprise mankind invents mystery cloud guys and winged people to explain how and why things are the way they are. Truth is fantastic and a lot more mysterious than any other ideas that desert Nomads come up with.

    • Krell

      September 14, 2010 at 9:24 am

      Truth always seems stranger than fiction. Quantum Physics seems stranger than imagination.

  4. Mother Hen

    September 14, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Sorry- I’m not on board with most of those camel-humping, woman-oppressing desert nomads and their medieval ideas.

    Spukhafte Fernwirkung is the name of my new theremin band.

    • Holte Ender

      September 14, 2010 at 12:02 pm

      Wow – Quoting Einstein and in German too.

  5. Jerry Critter

    September 14, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Figure out the entanglement and we can then travel anywhere instantly. Well, the transportation industry will certainly try to block that.

    • Krell

      September 14, 2010 at 1:05 pm

      They would still figure out a way to lose your luggage.

  6. osori

    September 14, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Krell this is great stuff! In some ways (entirely serious here) analogous to acid-induced conversations when I was young. In the way that light emitted travels perhaps all people and actions continue to exist somewhere, so we may at some point reconnect with our loved ones at any point in either of our lives. Which to me,means Heaven.

    • Krell

      September 14, 2010 at 1:03 pm

      You are in great company when you mention expanded consciousness. From Huxley’s “Doors of Perception” to the writings of Alexander Shulgin.

      I have never understood why psychotropics have never played more of a part in religion. I know that peyote is sacred to some,but it surprises me that people do not realize that they are in effect, inducing expanded conciousness with other methods.

      Everything from 13th century monks, the Flagellants, to speaking in tongues and “slain in spirit”.

      Your interpretation of Heaven gives the possibility of connection with loved ones. Not a bad thought at all!

      Thanks Oso!

      • Holte Ender

        September 14, 2010 at 2:18 pm

        Thinking is the best way to travel.

        • Krell

          September 14, 2010 at 5:13 pm

          Agreed, whenever traveling it’s always best to be able to see the road clearly.

          • Gwendolyn H. Barry

            September 14, 2010 at 7:49 pm

            My job description is something along lifting the mists….

  7. Gwendolyn H. Barry

    September 14, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    It’s tuesday and you’re ‘what the bleeping’ me? LOL Are you really sitting over behind the quad at MIT shooting ball bearings into the 6th dimension?

    “spooky action @ a distance” = magic!

    When is the ‘twinning’ post? Excellent mind making Krell! Love it.

    • Krell

      September 14, 2010 at 5:16 pm

      LOL! Spooky action at a distance is one of my specialties.

  8. Jess

    September 14, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Hey Clive Barker writes some good stuff about other dimensions, that’s as close I can get to thinking about stuff like this. See Imajica as my example. Krell, my head exploded with all this, even Dr Quantum couldn’t explain this to me.

  9. The Lawyer

    September 14, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    [Sound of water bubbling in a bong]. Hold it, hold it. [exhale] Far out.

    • Krell

      September 14, 2010 at 5:11 pm

      Uh, this is different than any other day for the Lawyer…how???

      • Jess

        September 14, 2010 at 6:03 pm

        He had to get all the tar because he ran out of the devil weed. Otherwise we might find him drinking the bong water.

        • The Lawyer

          September 14, 2010 at 8:09 pm

          Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Lemon juice and sugar help it go down.

          • Jess

            September 14, 2010 at 8:36 pm

            There is not enough lemon juice or sugar in the world, for me to drink the tarry water in my bong.

  10. fourdinners

    September 14, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    This could mean you are related to me…

    Be afraid…be very afraid…;-)